LANCUM-DC2594: Roman or Saxon Spindle Whorl

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Unique ID: LANCUM-DC2594

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Cast lead spindle whorl. Decoration consists of lines in relief projecting from the perforation. Further decoration consists of circular dots and two eight pointed stars in relief between the perforation and the outer edge. Only one side of the spindle whorl is decorated.

It has been noted that the weight of a spindle whorl is demonstrative of the thickness of yarn produced, with lighter spindle whorls (3-5 grams) being used for spinning cotton and the heavier ones (30-35 grams) for spinning wool (Margeson 1993, page 184). This example weighs 31.7 grams, so it seems likely that it would have been used to spin a heavy material such as wool. The dating of unstratified spindle whorls is very difficult. However, Egan (1998, page 256) has argued that there was an apparent lack of interest in developing decorative versions of spindle whorls during the Medieval period, compared to the decorative examples known from the Roman and Saxon periods. Although decorated examples are known from the Medieval period, it seems more likely that such a decorative example is earlier and this artefact probably therefore dates to the Roman or Anglo-Saxon period.

Class: Lead

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: AD 43
Date to: AD 720

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 9 mm
Weight: 31.7 g
Diameter: 30 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st January 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Lisa Keys
Identified by: Miss Lisa Keys

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lancashire (County)
District: Preston (District)
Parish or ward: Town Centre (District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SD5428
Four figure Latitude: 53.746332
Four figure longitude: -2.698989
1:25K map: SD5428
1:10K map: SD52NW
Grid reference source: Centred on village (which isn't a parish)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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